pic Photo 2004, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Barrister's society.

In 1980, Maureen, a Cape Breton native, was a postal carrier. "I got really tired of being chased by dogs and slipping on ice, especially both at the same time," she says. She got her LLB at DalhousieUniversity, and after a six-month articling term at Dal Legal Aid, joined the organization in her first job as a lawyer. She moved to Ontario in 1993, then back to Nova Scotia many years later.

As of 2004, she's Coordinator of Equity and Community Issues at St. Francis Xavier University, has been legal counsel to the NS Human Rights Commission for five years and Canadian Human Rights (Act) Tribunal Adjudicator for three years, and has taught at the Dalhousie Law School.